In an on-going effort to reduce the amount of waste produced by the co-op we will charge $0.10 for paper shopping bags beginning on Earth Day, April 22nd. All of the proceeds to local non-profit organizations, selected by co-op owners, on a quarterly basis.
The effort is designed to help motivate customers to bring reusable bags with them to the co-op when they shop. There are a variety of reusable bags for sale at the store and and boxes are available, free of charge.
“We are always looking for ways be more environmentally friendly,” said General Manager, David Durfee. “This is an idea we’ve been tossing around for a while and Earth Day seemed like the right time to roll it out. We hope that our customers will embrace the change and work with us to reduce our carbon footprint even further while benefiting local causes.”
While paper bags are widely considered a more eco-conscious alternative to plastic bags, they have a higher cost and greater environmental impact associated with their production and distribution. Paper bags are also more expensive to recycle than plastic bags and don’t biodegrade easily in landfills, due to their inherent lack of oxygen.
Wild Oats continues to lead the way locally as one of the most sustainable businesses. In the last few years the co-op has transitioned to using electricity from 100% renewable sources, retrofitted all of their light fixtures to LEDs to reduce energy usage and preempted the town’s polystyrene ban, discontinuing the use of coffee cup lids in its café. Most recently, Wild Oats eliminated most of the plastic items in its café (including straws, cutlery and take-out packaging) and replaced them with compostable alternatives.